Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 10:11 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 10:11 PM EST
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Love a glass of ice cold water right? Mmmmm, not so much actually. Did you know that it is actually much better for your body to drink room temperature or warm water instead? Here's why.
Cold water does not provide the same hydration as room temperature. The theory is that the cold water causes the blood vessels surrounding stomach to contract and thus slow the absorption rate.
Also, as cold fluids pass through our system, they solidify the fats from the foods we have just eaten or are eating at present. This makes it harder to digest and disperse the unwanted fats from our body. Whereas drinking warmer water will help to keep the fats in our foods remaining fluid which in turn will make it easier for them to pass through the body. Lastly, warmer temperature water is more relaxing to the body.
Now the same can be said for drinking liquids that are too hot. Remember that the inside of the body is a hundred times more sensitive than the outside. Why would you pour burning or freezing liquids into your stomach?
So next time you have a glass, try it tepid or even warm. Pass on the ice.
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